North American fashion brands and retailers have cut business relations with six more Bangladeshi supplier readymade garment factories on charge of failure in making required progress in factory remediation.
According to an announcement of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the platform of North American buyers, the factories have been suspended from its compliant supplier list due to unethical behaviour, failure to provide evidence of remediation and failure to remove lockable exits.
The suspended factories are: Opex Designers Ltd and Opex Ready Wears Ltd at Kanchpur in Narayanganj, Link Wear Limited (Building-2) in Chittagong, Haesong Sweater Ltd at Gazipur, HDF Textiles Ltd at Ashulia in Dhaka and Evergreen Products Factory (BD) Limited at Uttara EPZ in Nilphamari.
With the latest six, the total number of RMG supplier factories with which Alliance cut business relations in different times on workplace safety grounds reached to 108 while seven suspended ones were listed for reactivation by the retailers’ group.
The Alliance also said a total of 46 of its supplier factories had completed remediation through fixing all material components outlined in their Corrective Action Plans.
After the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed more than 1,100 people, mostly garment workers, in April 2013, North American retailers formed the Alliance undertaking a five-year plan which set timelines and accountability for safety inspections and training and workers’ empowerment programmes.
At the same time European retailers formed the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
The Alliance has so far conducted initial inspections at 759 factories while the Accord inspected 1600 factories and terminated business relation with 54 supplier factories on charge of failure in implementing workplace safety programme in their manufacturing units.